Wednesday, November 18, 2009

MLS Cup tidbits

There was a teleconference held yesterday with Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena and Defender Gregg Berhalter, and with RSL Coach Jason Kreis and Goalkeeper Nick Rimando.  Rather than type up the text of this, here is the link on MLSnet.  A couple of quotes are listed below, and additional Cup information that has been provided by MLSnet.

Quotables from Yesterday’s Teleconference

“At the moment, [Real Salt Lake players] are playing close to their capabilities and close to their potential. I believe that if they continue to do that this weekend, we've got every shot in the world and I don't care what any record or stat might say.”

- RSL Coach Jason Kreis

“Every time this team’s been knocked down a little bit, they got up. And you could see that character starting to develop as early as that date in June when we played Toronto. That to me was perhaps the first indication that we were a team that we had a chance to be a team that could qualify for the playoffs.”

- Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena, referring to his team’s 2-1 victory at Toronto on June 6.

Philip F. Anschutz Trophy to Arrive in Seattle Today at Noon via Ferry

The Philip F. Anschutz championship trophy will officially arrive in Seattle today.  Escorting the trophy across the Puget Sound will be two former MLS Cup winners and current architects of Seattle Sounders FC’s on-field success – Technical Director Chris Henderson and Coach Sigi Schmid.  The festivities will kick of at 12:05 p.m. PT at Pier 52.

Things to See and Do in Seattle This Week

The MLS Cup Insider Blog has created an outsider’s guide to Seattle and a rundown of live music and other events going on in the Emerald City this week. Also on the blog are audio clips from Nick Rimando, Santino Quaranta, and Peter Vermes – each with a different take on MLS Cup.

Injury Report

On Tuesday, the two teams set to compete in MLS Cup released their injury reports:

Real Salt Lake: QUESTIONABLE: FW Fabian EspĂ­ndola (L TFL strain). PROBABLE: DF Jamison Olave (R knee derangement), DF Chris Wingert (L adductor tightness).

LA Galaxy: OUT: DF Julian Valentin (R foot fracture); FW Alecko Eskandarian (head). QUESTIONABLE: MF Stefani Miglioranzi (L groin strain).

No players from either team are out due to suspension.

Seattle Weather Update

According to, there will likely be rain in Seattle today through Saturday. Matchday forecast shows a 40% chance of precipitation.  Temperatures are expected to stay in the high-40s during the day, and drop to the low-40s at night.  Check back tomorrow for an updated weather forecast.